Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Essen Spiel Top 25 Games

Below is a list of the top 25 games from Essen Spiel 2015! Be sure to contact your Alliance Account Rep about availability for these titles!

1. 7 Wonders: Duel (ASM SEV-EN07)
Create the greatest civilization the Ancient World has ever known! In 7 Wonders, you lead an ancient civilization as it rises from its barbaric roots to become a world power. Build an architectural wonder that will fascinate for eons to come, and rule the most powerful civilization on Earth! 7 Wonders: Duel is a fast-paced, two-player edition of Antoine Bauza's award-winning civilization-building game.

2. 504 (PSI SG-4002)
In a distant future, scientists were able to build small alternate Earths. Exactly 504 such Earths have thus far been built. The scientists programmed each of these Worlds with an individual set of laws and rules which the residents strictly follow and consider most important for their lives. These may be exploration, consumption, economics, military, etc., and each is unique. You can visit all of these 504 alternate Earths to experience how the people are living, and decide which of these worlds harbors the best civilization. On which World do you want to live? Explore them all and decide!

3. Codenames (CGE 00031)
The two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their Codenames. In Codenames, teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin!

4. Mysterium (ASM MYST01)
A horrible crime has been committed on the grounds of Warwick Manor and it's up to the psychic investigators to get to the bottom of it. In Mysterium, one player takes on the role of the ghost and, over the course of a week, tries to lead the investigators to their culprit. Each night the team will be met with visions, but what is the ghost trying to tell you? Can the psychics determine the weapon, location, and killer - or will a violent criminal pull off the perfect murder?

5. Baby Blues

6. The Bloody Inn (ASM BLOINN01)
1831 Peyrebeille, France. Times are tough for the common man. It's all your family can do to make ends meet as lowly innkeepers. No crime is too sinister, no traveler is safe! Hey, an innkeeper has to do what an innkeeper has to do! Fortunately, your scruples have no qualms with murder. Of course, you can't just have dead bodies piled everywhere: it's bad for business, and besides, what if the police drop by for a visit? It's all so much work! Perhaps you could employ some of the guests as accomplices? Everyone has a price, after all! The Bloody Inn is a devilish game that pits family members against each other in a battle to see who can walk away with the most francs.

7. T.I.M.E. Stories (ASM TS01US)
When are we this time? It has been a grueling training regiment at the Academy, but you're finally ready for your first mission as a full-fledged T.I.M.E. agent. You and your team will travel back (or forward) in time to prevent some cataclysmic event. But don't waste a moment...every second counts! In T.I.M.E. Stories, players work cooperatively as a team to solve a mystery taking place in a different era. Each team member will enter a shell of someone alive at the time and gain their physical strengths and weaknesses. If you're unable to complete the task in time, you'll be sent back to the start of the mission for another attempt.

8. Celestia

9. Burger Boss

10. Fog of Love

11. The 7th Continent

12. Automania

13. Among Nobles

14. Pandemic Legacy (ZMG 71170, ZMG 71171)
One Year! One Team! One Hope! It started simply - a virus tougher than the rest. Nothing the team can't handle. But as January turned to February, it changed again. What resulted is a year that will never be forgotten. This was no ordinary virus. This was no ordinary year. The team on the front lines saw things, lived things, did things that kept humankind from being snuffed out completely. The results of this virus will be spoken in whispers for generations. Can your team save humanity? Can your team make it through the year? Can your team face month after month of surprises, set backs, and fleeting victories? Are you prepared for Pandemic Legacy?

15. Stand & Deliver

16. Dice City (AEG 5836)
Roll! Build! Win! The Kingdom of Rolldovia is in turmoil! Her royal highness, the Queen, has decreed that there will be a new capital - after the old one was sacked by hordes of barbarians and bandits from the south. As leaders of one of the country's influential noble families, players vie with each other to establish their provincial city as the best home for Rolldovia's new capital. Dice City is a "dice-crafting" game where the locations in your city act as the changing faces of your dice each turn. Use tactics and strategy to press your claim!

17. ExoPlanets


19. Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

20. Trickerion (IMP APE2500)
Trickerion - Legends of Illusion is a competitive, Euro-style strategy game set in a fictional city inspired by the late 19th Century urban life and culture, where players take on the role of rival stage illusionists. Players strive to become the city's greatest Magician by acquiring the most Fame points. But there is much more at stake than prestige alone. The audience's favorite wins the contest for the mighty Trickerion Stone, a relic that grants supernatural powers to its owner, making him a true Legend of Illusion!

21. Nippon

22. Alchemists (CGE 00027)
A little mandrake root, a bit of raven's feather. Toss them in the cauldron and see what they make. Should you drink it? Maybe not. After all, that's what students are for. Welcome to the world of Alchemists! Perform experiments to discover the magical properties of your ingredients. Demonstrate your knowledge by selling potions. Use the money to buy artifacts that further your research. Publish, publish, publish! Earn grants. And expose the fallacies published by those fools who think they can be your rivals! Alchemists is a game of strategy, risk assessment, and deduction.

23. Dojo Kun

24. Sandcastles

25. Race to the North Pole

Monday, October 19, 2015

New IDW Products Coming Your Way!

Check out these games coming in stock soon from IDW Games!

The Game (IDW 00946, $19.99)
Are you ready to play The Game? Nominated for the 2015 Spiel Des Jahrs (Game of the Year), players in The Game must work together to play cards into one of four different piles, with the hopes of discarding all 98 cards. The trick is, you aren't allowed to tell anyone else what cards you have, so you'll constantly be on edge as each card played could upset your best-laid plans.

Fire & Axe (IDW 00850, $79.99)
Power and glory - or untold sorrow: which shall be your destiny? Glory and blood are at stake in Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga! A strategy game full of raiding, trading, and ultimate control, Fire & Axe features a unique wind mechanic and an innovative, semi-cooperative quest system that pairs pulse-pounding action with merciless strategy and tactics to deliver a game worthy of the mightiest warriors!

Pirates of the 7 Seas (IDW 00891, $59.99)
Take a turn for the topsy-turvy, where the top of this very tin serves as the board, your dice are your ships, and where they land on the board means as much as what you roll! Choose to remain an independent vagabond, or maybe cut a deal with a Governor to become all official-like in your pirating ways. Consult with a Shaman to curse the other pirates or pay a visit to the Cartographer to find a map with some hidden treasure. The Pirate with the most booty will win the day, but a Pirate's life isn't always on the up and up. Savvy?

Awesome Kingdom (IDW 00898, $29.99)
Get ready to get awesome! In Awesome Kingdom by Kevin Wilson (Descent, Arkham Horror, CHEW) you’ll take charge of one of the Awesome Ocho, a band of heroes on a dungeon crawl searching for untold riches. This tongue-in-cheek dungeon crawler delivers three rounds of highly-strategic laughter in an over-the-top setting of awesome proportions!

Star Wars Comic Packs (IDW 00921, $95.76)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... Star Wars changed the film industry forever! Star Wars Micro Comic Collector Packs celebrate one of the greatest films off all-time with a special set of throwback collectibles that will capture imaginations all over again. Each foil pack includes a mini-replica of the original 1977 Marvel comic adaptation of the film, as well as a 3D poster, complete with Star Wars branded 3D glasses, and one of 36 different Star Wars comic cards with puzzle backs!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Important Message From WizKids


Random Rewards Are Coming!

As we have begun implementing an organized play strategy based on WizKids Event System performance, we have noticed many stores with multiple WES accounts. This is becoming an issue with selecting stores to participate in premium programs and authorizing template usage based on WES ID’s. In order to clean up the system, we ask for your help in deactivating any duplicate accounts and verifying account usage by logging into the registered store account at least once a month.

We are aware that many stores have volunteers and event staff scheduling and reporting their events. Without the registered store account being logged into, stores cannot receive achievements and the store’s account will not be verified as active. Please make sure the email address connected to your store account is up to date and that the account is logged into at least once a month.

To further encourage the verification of store accounts, we will be starting a Random Rewards program. Each quarter, stores (and players) will be selected to receive a special surprise from the WizKids Team. In order to be eligible, you must have an active WES account and meet the below criteria.  

Store Criteria:
·         Your address is correct
·         Your store hours are on your profile
·         Your store is registered to your country
·         You have logged in at least once in the last month

We appreciate your support of the WizKids Event System and your participation in our organized play initiatives.

-The WizKids Team

Best of the Game Trade Awards - Staff Favorites

The Marketing Staff would like to congratulate all the winners and runner-ups for this year's awards, and also thank all the stores who submitted. We had so many great submissions this year, and since not all of them could be recognized, the staff has decided on some favorites. Below is a list of some stores, who may not have won, but certainly deserve recognition. We encourage everything to submit again next year and thank you all again.

Tea Beard - Gravenhurst, ON

Otto's Video Games and More - Bakersfield, CA

Games and Stuff - Baltimore, MD

The Hidden Lair - MT. Zion, IL

Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy - Austin, TX

For a list of Winners and Runner-ups check our Retailer Services Homepage. We thank everyone again who participated and encourage everyone to participate again next year.